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Ocean city, Google Earth, Atlantic Hotel beach

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Ocean city, Google Earth, Atlantic Hotel beach

Can anyone tell me why Google Earth shows the beach front in front of the Atlantic Hotel nearly clear of people? Do you have to pay to access the beach and pier? Any special places that we should hit beside the pony island?

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11. Re: Ocean city, Google Earth, Atlantic Hotel beach

I'm a little confused but you are going to OC but want a place "off the beaten path" within a 2 hour drive. I don't know about you but when I go to OC I hit the beach. With gas prices as they are and only to go up for summer I can't afford driving around looking for off the wall stuff. But to answer your question there is the historic town of Berlin, drive to Bethany Beach or gamble at the Casino Downs in west OC.

And locals eat at the same spots as vacationers.

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The main things that people visit within a 2 hour drive of Ocean City are actually less then a two hour drive. Usually Assateague and the Delaware beaches. Each of the Delaware towns all the way up to Cape May have their own look and feel to them.

As for where the locals eat, as tfunky said they mostly eat at the same places, just may tend to eat less at the more busy places or totally avoid the tourist traps like Phillips. The better question is which are the best places to eat in Ocean City. The only locals vs. tourist place that I truly know is that for some reason locals tend to like Captains Gallery in West Ocean City a little more then the tourists which seem to go more other places in West Ocean City. Other places it depends on the age of the locals (i.e. whether they avoid or go to Seacrets) or where they actually live (i.e. whether they eat more is West Ocean City or places in Ocean City itself) Usually threads about best places to eat tend to start up closer to the summer. Here is a link to one from the end of last summer:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g41298-i101-k67546…

Edited: 21 March 2014, 12:55
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Tfunky, I was stationed in Virginia for years and miss the being close to the ocean. I want to share that with my family. I am also a huge history geek (sorry to all geeks), and while on vacation I tend to want to see all that I can in a couple days away from home base. I can't wait to see this shipwreck museum!

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@jillbean329, Snow Hill (while, IMO, not a destination per se) has Furnace Town just outside town limits. It's about a 40 minute ride from West OC.

http://www.furnacetown.com/

If you go, there's Julie A. Purnell Museum IN Snow Hill, you can google and see if there's a website. It's quaint and interesting about life in the area.

www.purnellmuseum.com/

On the way to Snow Hill (just south of Berlin on Rt. 113) is the Merry Sherwood Plantation. It's now longer open as a B&B (the owners mother lives there now), but I think you can drive up the 'c' shaped driveway and have a look of the exterior.

www.merrysherwood.com/

"Downtown" Berlin (about 15 mins from West OC) is a quaint town, with an restored hotel (Atlantic Hotel) and eclectic shops/restaurants. Berlin was just recently voted the Coolest Small Town in America by Budge Traveler Magazine.

www.berlinchamber.org/

The Atlantic Hotel in Berlin: www.atlantichotel.com/

I think momoo recommended the OC Lifesaving Museum at the end of the boardwalk (by the inlet): www.ocmuseum.org/

The shipwreck museum in Fenwick: www.discoverysea.com/

Edited: 21 March 2014, 21:16
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Thanks to all with all the great suggestions! I am artsy fartsy and love history, so cheers to those who suggested the sites!

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16. Re: Ocean city, Google Earth, Atlantic Hotel beach

The reason the beach on that end is clear of people is the picture was taken on July 4th. That is where the fireworks are set up. The beach is restricted on that day only.

I was actually able to pick out our umbrella in that picture. We are always in OC on July 4th.

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17. Re: Ocean city, Google Earth, Atlantic Hotel beach

The beach is clear in front of the Atlantic Hotel because the Google Earth picture was taken on the 4th of July (2011 I think) after the fireworks had been setup and people were not allowed to be near the fireworks setup. If you look closely you can see the fireworks setup just north of the pier.

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